Shopping for Science Journals in 2013
Taylor & Francis, a massive publishing conglomerate (corporation that owns corporations) bought up a majority of the most important scientific research journals and now makes them available online by the issue or by subscription. They also raised the prices, sometimes by thousands of percent. Click on the hyperlink above and take a look at what I almost spent during a brief shopping trip for single, individual issues of four scholarly journals. What accounts for the difference in price for copies of these journals? What does the price imply about participation in scholarly study in each field?
What happens when a major non-science journal is endangered because of financial troubles? See Manuel Roig-Franzia, "Wilson Institute may sell or fold its esteemed Wilson Quarterly as readership declines," Washington Post (9/6/13) C1.